Sudan's pyramids

Independent Travel Awards 2015 - your chance to nominate

The complex relationship between tourism and development is at the fore in 2015. G Adventures has a 10-day trip to Haiti that does more than visit the colourful capital  and astonishing Citadelle Laferrière - it also encourages travellers to engage and help with the Art Creation Foundation. “Haiti has a future. Be a part of it,” says the company.

Exodus continued to break new ground in 2015, with a new trip called Sudan Desert Explorer - taking travellers to a country with more pyramids than Egypt, where they explore Nubian villages and discover temples left behind by the Black Pharaohs.

The tragedy in Nepal, where an earthquake claimed thousands of lives in April 2015, reminded us all of the fragility of the earth’s crust - and the tourist industry on which so many people in the developing world. All the adventure operators have responded positively, re-launching programmes as quickly as possible. Explore is donating £100 for every new booking to help rebuild the damaged houses of its team on the ground in Nepal.